Graphene Antennas and Multifunctional Sensors

Project title: Graphene Antennas and Multifunctional Sensors

Director of Studies: Dr Toby Whitley

Second Supervisor: Dr Shakil Awan

Third Supervisor: Professor Paul Davey


Project description

The PhD studentship will focus on developing a novel set of antennas for wireless communication and multifunctional sensors covering RF, micro- and mm-wavelengths. The project will be conducted within the Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory and the RF-Communications Lab. The Wolfson and the RF Comms Labs includes leading experts in graphene growth and characterisation, applications in antennas and sensors and high speed electronics. The successful applicant will have a unique opportunity to gain experience in a range of nanofabrication and characterisation tools and instruments, such as sputtering machines, Raman, atomic force (AFM), scanning electron (SEM) and optical microscopies, precision electrical on-wafer measurement systems and vector network analysers. Several software packages are also available for antenna and sensor design and simulation, such as HFSS, ANSYS, Matlab, Origin for data analysis and Autodesk for mask design. These coupled with access to experts and facilities at partner organisations, University of Cambridge and Exeter University, will enable the PhD student to gain cutting-edge experience in the field of graphene antennas, high speed communications and multifunctional sensors.


Applicants should have a minimum of a first class or upper second class bachelor degree in electronics, physics, biology, materials science or biochemistry. Applications from candidates with a relevant masters qualification will be welcomed. In addition, applicants with some experience in any of the following areas, although not essential, may be useful, micro/nanofabrication, radio frequency wireless comms, high speed electronics, biosensors or microscopy techniques (Raman, AFM, SEM, TEM, XPS).


The studentship is supported for three years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,553 per annum. The studentship will only fund those applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between Home/EU and overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £10,350 per annum). General information about applying for a research degree at the University is available at: 

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and select ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO Mrs Carole Watson and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics.

For further information about the studentship or informal discussions contact Toby Whitley or Shakil Awan.

For more information on the admissions process contact Carole Watson.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 6 April 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in April. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 4 May 2018 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.